My Favourite… Colours

Smarties I’ve been musing about colours and their meanings. Like you do. It started with a writing prompt that I submitted to Writers Abroad for us to have a go at this week. ‘Write about a shadow that changes colour’ – and it’s led me to all kinds of places. So I thought I’d share my top three favourite colours and what I found out about them I started to dig a little deeper. Continue reading

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Free Literary Magazine and much more…

Issue 3

Issue 3

There aren’t many things that come free in life, not that doesn’t come with a caveat or two. My on-line writing group, Writers Abroad, produce a free literary magazine every 6 months. And Issue 3 was published on 1st September. Not got your copy yet? Well you should – you could win a free e-copy of our last Anthology. Continue reading

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PHB Syndrome and How to Manage it

PHBNo, no it’s not catching. Honest. But I’m willing to bet a cup of coffee that a lot of us are experiencing this at the moment. Sweaty palms? A tendency to look at the pictures taken for the last month with a heavy sigh? Daily yearnings for an ice cream cone in the afternoon? Maybe a G&T before 6pm? A dread of getting on the scales?

‘Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for. Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will no withdraw from us.’ Maya Angelou

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Works in Progress: Health Check June

Monthly Health CheckThe month of June has been a sad one as two dear writing friends over at Writers Abroad sadly passed away within days of one another. So it’s been a tough time for my writing. But I know they’ll be sat somewhere telling me to pick up my pen and Continue reading

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Generating Ideas

Generating Ideas

Generating Ideas

In a previous post I wrote about the Call For Submissions for the Writers Abroad 5th Anthology. Our theme for this year is light as 2015 is the International Year of Light and Light based technologies. The good thing is that this theme is open to lots of interpretation and it could be anything. So where do you start looking for ideas? Continue reading

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My Writing Day

Wake up Call

Wake up Call

Is there such a thing as a typical writing day? Not in my world. My day starts very early. Too early. Our English Springer Spaniel pup, known affectionately Continue reading

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Meet My Character: Xanthe

Meet My Character

Meet My Character

Xanthe is the name of my main character in my current Work in Progress. I first wrote Wolf Moon during NaNoWriMo in 2011 or was it 2012. Anyway, I don’t remember but I’ve been in this fantasy world for a long time. It started some time before that, as part of a writing prompt. Over at Writers Abroad,my on line writing group, we have a weekly activity called ‘Monday Muse’ where several prompts are posted and we allow ourselves 20 minutes or 500 words to free write. It’s a good habit to promote and it was during one of my muses, that Xanthe was born. Continue reading

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Call For Submissions – Writers Abroad Anthology 2015

International Year of Light

International Year of Light 2015

As some of you know, I am a member of the on-line writing support group, Writers Abroad and this year we will be publishing our fifth anthology, entitled Kaleidoscope.

Writers Abroad has published four anthologies in the past five years. We have gathered, selected, edited and published writers from all over the world. In total well over 350 writers took the time to write to a given theme; food, relationships and places. Some of these writers were experienced and published, others were first timers.
We’ve (the collective ‘we’ as in writers) have published 286 pieces of writing, weighing in at a hefty 250,000 words and have raised over £1500 for charities who are committed to increasing access to books and reading for those where it seems impossible. Who knows what difference this has made to one individual, to their choices in life and to their wider community?

From May 1st until June 15 we are seeking submissions Continue reading

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